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I have bought a lot of things from AliExpress. I don't think there has been a day in the last 5 years, where I haven't used something that I bought there.

First of all, this is where I got my smartphone – and we all know how often we get to use those. But there are a lot of other miscellaneous items that I use, that some people might be surprised that you can get from Ali for much cheaper than in retail stores.

Our sole purpose is to help you find the best deals, with the quality of the product being the priority. We will be discussing some of the most popular products on AliExpress that include basic clothing, gadgets, household items, and a few more.

In this post we have picked products that are helping people like you solve everyday tasks, with their endless (or a single) quirks and features.

In either case, I think you will find this post helpful.

SMARTPHONES

Price: $59+

$43B Worth of smartphones have been imported from China into the US alone. Smartphones like Xiaomi, Huawei, Umidigi and Oppo are constantly outperforming similar-priced competition.

It is cheap and easy to upgrade the existing device. We have picked 4 great options under $300. Otherwise, check out more models at different price points by clicking the link below.

E-SCOOTERS

Price: $219+

Individual modes of transportation are now as important as ever because of time management and safety reasons, and the green forms of it are the less damaging to the environment.

A uniquely designed electric scooter will take you anywhere anytime. If you want to beat the traffic and save your time, while not being confined within a small space inside a car, then this is the perfect product for you. This smart scooter can be tracked using your smartphone simply by downloading an app.

The app can maintain your riding habits, track the distance you covered, and charge your scooter's battery. It comes with six different protection systems: over-discharge, overcharge, low-voltage, over-current , temperature anomaly and short-circuit protection.

Features:

  • 18650 lithium-ion battery pack
  • Charging Time: ~5 hours
  • Maximum Speed: 25km/h (15 mph)
  • Foldable for maximum portability

Price Value:

  • Intelligent battery management
  • Double brake system
  • 6x Faster than average walking speed

TOOTHBRUSH HEADS

Price: ~$0.75 / unit

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Original toothbrush heads are ridiculously expensive – as if the bristles were actual minx hair. 3 For $20: what is this, a downtown Manhattan speakeasy?

The aftermarket ones are just as good for me – I've been putting them on my Oral-B toothbrush for at least 5 years.

MELAMINE SPONGES

Price: ~$0.18 / piece

They won't clean off the shame from what you did last night, but they can handle just about anything else.

In my experience, these are just as good as Mr. Clean's Magic Eraser (commonly sold for ~$1.25 per eraser).

I use them for cleaning the bathtub, kitchen and bathroom sinks, aquarium glass, windows. They are pretty good at handling the incrustation on the pots and pans, especially when I accidentally leave my potatoes boiling for too long.

SMALL ELECTRONICS

Price: $1+

We have 2 options: the iconic 30 Electronics under $10 collection as a collection, and an ever-updating list in the shop section (the orange button below). Both are a pretty good source of cool little gadgets to buy to make your life easier.

CABLE BAG

Price: $3.24

Get a handy cable organizer to store all your cables in one place.

It is great to have them neatly stacked away: makes finding the right one much easier, and they also won't tangle inside. Much better than just randomly having them all over the place.

CABLE ORGANIZERS

Price: $0.96+

Chargers, USB cables, speakers, mouse, etc. – all of them create a mess on your desk. Working in a messy environment can affect your productivity and creates a tripping hazard – and prone dropped once can be an expensive mistake.

To make your life easier, there is a cable organizer from TopK. It has a solid black color and a sleek design. You can attach it to your desk and arrange your mouse, laptop charger, USB cables, everything on it. It has multiple holders on it to keep your desk more … organized 😄

Price value:

  • Keeps cables routed in a specific direction
  • Protects cables from getting tangled and damaged
  • Suitable for use on metal, ceramic, glass, wood or plastic surfaces

SMARTPHONE CASES

Price: $1.49+

To protect the smartphone against butterfingers (or maple syrup fingèr for Canadians), occasional scratches, and to increase the likelihood of keeping the the precious back panel intact for longer.

Cases on AliExpress are generally cheaper than on Amazon, or retail stores – especially when buying from an official dealer. May as well get a few.

T-SHIRTS

Price: $2.54+

An ultimate necessity, unless you live in a naturist community. Here is the listing with the cotton t-shirts from the image.

BREATHABLE DRESS SOCKS

Price: ~ $1.10 / pair

These cotton socks are breathable and comfortable. What can beat a comfortable pair of socks at an affordable price? A rhetorical question, of course.

Price value:

  • Appropriate for both all seasons
  • Dense elastic to keep the socks in place

LINER ANKLE SOCKS

Price: ~ $0.37 / pair

A pretty sweet deal on a large stack of socks. This listing has 8,000+ orders and a ton of feedback.

OTHER CLOTHING

Price: ~$0.99 +

We have carefully selected and added unique and stylish items with good feedback in our shop section.

EARPHONES

Price: $8+

Read: quality earphones. You can easily buy a pair of great-sounding earbuds without breaking the bank.

For wired options, I have researched and tested many different ones, and found that KZ/QKZ-branded ones excel in terms of the build and price and last longer. UiiSii HM7 is also another great option for an earphone, and Superlux HD-330 for an over-ear headphone.

For wireless options, click below.

REUSABLE SILICONE LIDS

Price: $3.18

Reusable silicone lids that come in various sizes. These can help you significantly reduce the amount of plastic – or completely stop buying saran wrap.

HOUSEHOLD ITEMS

Price: $0.49+

Various home decor and household items: kitchen, living room, bathroom – with more style. We picked the essentials that not only are functional – they also look stylish.

Kitchen Gadgets for people with a good sense of humour

You like to laugh, I like to laugh, we all like to laugh. So why does being in the kitchen sometimes feel like a chore? Is it the knowledge that we need to actually make food, instead of just throwing in an Uber Eats order and waiting for food to be delivered?

Whatever the case, these products are sure to help put a smile on your face, put a laugh on your lips, and add some cheer into the kitchen.

STEEL SPONGE HOLDER

cute steel sponge holder

Price: $4.63

You need a bath, but you also need to make food for yourself and your family. Well, you might as well let someone take a bath while you slave away in the kitchen, and that someone might as well be your pile of steel wool.

Steel wool has never looked comfier after a hard day of scouring metal surfaces, than on the head of a cartoon lady taking a bath.

Take a picture, you creep, it will last longer.

MUFFIN TOPS

Price: $1.49

We’re putting the “muffin tops” back in muffin tops. That’s right, muffin tops-ception. So get some Blue Jean muffin cake molds to rightfully return your muffins their rightfully deserved tops.

These cake molds add an awesome element of fun to every muffin baking you take part in, no matter the flavour!

PENGUIN EGG HOLDERS

Price: $12.92

Everyone likes penguins.

If someone tells you they do not like penguins, run in the opposite direction, because they’re either willing to lie to your face, or you are talking to some sort of penguin-hating psychopath. You want neither of these people in your life.

These Penguin Egg Holders are awesome for those perfect hard-boiled eggs for your whole family.

SPILL STOPPERS

Price: $0.95

Willing to sacrifice their small bodies to make sure your boiling water does not bubble over, these silicone lifts make overflowing pots a thing of the past.

Easy, durable, and hilarious.

DESSERT PICKS

Price: $3.55

Wait, you say to yourself, how do I get this tiny morsel of banana covered in that delicious melted chocolate, when the only thing nearby is that tiny piano?

Not a problem, I reply, delighted that my joke has worked. The keys in that tiny piano? They’re actually dessert forks.

We both laugh and eat delicious chocolate-covered desserts. Amazing.

SANDWICH FORKS

Price: $2.62

Ants have long been the bane of picnic-goers everywhere.

Do you know what scares tiny ants? Much larger ants, who already have possession of your sandwiches. Tiny ants have tiny brains. They will not realize that those giant ants are made of plastic. You win.

VEGGIE PEELER

Price: $3.58

If you ever wanted a tiny Charlie Chaplin to peel your veggies for you, now is the perfect opportunity. Didn’t want that? You got it anyway.

DRYING RACK

sponge drying rack

Price: $4.35

The sponges in your kitchen work hard. Give them some rest with their very own tiny beds.

Wait. Are they the mattress? Can they both be the mattress and the one sleeping on the bed?

EGG CUTTER

Price: $2.12

Simply roll your deshelled hard-boiled egg along this cutter for a fun and cute cut. Then turn it around and slap a face on it. A tiny paper bag to cover the face, in case you don't like it, is not included.

SELF-WATERING SPROUTER

Price: $1.37

Simplicity is the future of plant watering, as my grandma always used to say.

With these adorable little fellas, you simply drop them over the side of a cupful of water, and they water themselves. If only fixing all your other problems was as easy.

SELF-WATERING SPROUTER V.2

Price: $4.70

This little panda has an overly large tongue and a heart to match – all the things that you could expect from a perfect life companion. Simply fill his dish with water and watch him water the plant on his back.

TOWEL HOOKS

Price: $2.77

These tiny towel holders bring a small piece of your grandparents' kitchen into your own. Nothing quite says “I cook because I like to eat” like a group of small bakers holding signs.

PAPER COWEL HOLDER

Price: $40.98

You know what they call a lazy cow? Beef.

This little cow wants to help – by holding your paper towels, toilet paper, or whatever you need her to hold. Hopefully, since these are kitchen accessories, that doesn’t end up being toilet paper.

RICE PADDLE aka SHAMOJI

cute shamoji rice paddle

Price: $2.09

These adorable rice paddles come in a variety of colors and are perfect for serving the rice of your dreams.

HERB INFUSER

Price: $2.32

Everyone loves rubber chickens.

Everyone also loves the delicious taste of herbs in their soup, minus when they accidentally take a bite of a full leaf.

So what everyone is REALLY going to love, is a silicone chicken stuffed with herbs, which means no leaf biting for anyone!

(the seller says the material is food-safe)

EGG CUPS

Price: $2.63

Sumo wrestlers need a lot of calories, and therefore eat a lot of eggs. At some point, they are probably over 1% egg.

Well, these sumo wrestlers are 100% egg – try to beat that!

DESSERT SHOVELS

Price: $2.20

This Dessert Shovel puts a new meaning on the phrase “shoveling chocolate cake into your mouth.”

COOKING TIMER

Kitchen Timer

Price: $11.56

What’s cuter than tiny, fancy versions of your regular kitchen appliances? The only answer is tiny, fancy versions of your regular kitchen appliances that also help you time your cooking.

Mysterious thing, time. Powerful, and when meddled with, dangerous.

Take your soup off the stove at the last chime. And if not, the consequences are too costly to discuss.

FRIDGE MAGNETS

multi use kitchen magnet

Price: $1.91

Cute, fun magnets that are sure to make grabbing your keys and heading off to work before it is light out a little bit easier.

“JUST ONE GLASS”

just one glass giant cup

Price: $24.15+

Now you can have just one glass AND get absolutely wasted at the same time! All of the fun, none of the emotional baggage.

Ok, maybe a little emotional baggage.

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Things To Make You More Relaxed & Comfortable for $28 (or less)

Has anyone ever wanted to be less comfortable? Probably not, and if you answered ‘yes’ to that, you are probably lying.

One of the great human traits is that we want our lives to be comfortable. We want them to be easy. Even the people who make themselves work incredibly hard, with long hours and endless tasks, do that in order to make the rest of their life easier.

We want to be comfortable, and the items below will help with that.

AIRPLANE PILLOW THAT ALSO WORKS FOR DESK NAPS

Price: $17.39

Perfect for laying down for a snooze in the office while Ethel in accounting begins telling you for the fourteenth time that story about her adult son falling off the roof.

With a spot to lay your arm and a hollow breathing zone to allow for better breathing, this pillow is perfect for naps, anytime and anywhere.

HEATING BLANKET THAT SOOTHES SORE MUSCLES

Price: $13.02

We love our pets, but they sometimes do dumb things, like falling into frozen ponds and playing in the snow until they can no longer feel their paws.

With 9 different heat settings, the Pet Heating Mat can be used to warm your dog (or yourself) throughout the night or thaw your cat after diving into an icy pond.

MICROFIBER BODY PILLOW THAT CAN SUPPORT MORE THAN YOUR HEAD

Price: $28.94

We all just want someone to hold at night. But what if, instead of an actual person to hold, we want a life-sized pillow adorned with the image of our favorite anime character? You do you.

While you need to supply the character yourself, this 150x50m pillow is the perfect snuggle size.

PILLOW COVERS THAT FEEL LIKE A CLOUD IS HUGGING YOU

Price: $2.06

Nothing quite says “I am having a mid-life crisis at the young age of 23 and desperately wish I was alive during the 1980s” like some faux-fur pillow covers.

Toss these over your throw pillows and watch your friends brush them to their heart’s content!

PLANT POT HANGERS THAT MAKE YOUR HOUSE FEEL LIKE A SEASIDE AIRBNB

Price: $4.06

Look, we all love house plants and the beauty they and their baskets can bring to our cramped apartments, and you may be thinking “that hanger is really nice, but I can make it myself.”

Look again. Look at how complicated it is. Just spend the money, it will save you endless hours of reworked knots and uneven strings.

BLANKET THAT INVITES TO BE CUDDLED IN

Price: $14.67

Unfortunately, this shaggy throw blanket does not have a massive picture of Shaggy from Scooby-Doo to really tie your Mystery Machine-themed room together.

Fortunately, it is incredibly warm and comfy.

FOOT MASSAGER WITH A 5-STAR RATING

Price: $8.80

“It’s like a party for my feet and everyone is invited,” said nobody, ever.

But you’ll be saying it after you try this device, which stimulates the feet and lower legs, aids with recovery, and increases blood flow.

MEMORY FOAM PILLOW THAT COOLS YOU DOWN

Price: $6.15

Shaped and designed to stay cold in even the hottest heat waves, this memory foam gel pillow will have you forgetting about how you ever struggled to get good sleep. (see what I did there?)

WHITE NOISE MACHINE

Price: $12.69

If your own thoughts haunt you, this is the perfect machine to get through the night. For use with babies, children, or adults, this machine creates peaceful white noise to allow for better, more restful nights of sleep.

CLEVER ALARM CLOCK THAT SIMULATES SUNRISE

Price: $18.61

Is there anything more peaceful than the thought of having the entire sun located directly in your room? Physics and spontaneous-combustion-related deaths aside, it does sound pretty nice as a way to wake up.

Luckily, this alarm clock only simulates the natural light of sunrise during your alarm, and not the face-melting heat associated with it.

SCENTED SMOKELESS CANDLES

Price: $4.50

You know how the old saying goes: “There is a romantic in all of us, but a candle in none of us.” Well, none of us except Dan, who needed his candle removed in the emergency room. But for the rest of us, luckily these candles are there on the outside to help us have the perfect evening with our loved one(s).

MIST HUMIDIFIER THAT WORKS WITH ESSENTIAL OILS

Price: $4.99

Coming in a variety of colors, this air humidifier is perfect for the person on the go. Large, clunky air humidifiers are for 1980’s kids with asthma. This humidifier has a chic look and is as portable as you are.

6-PACK OF ESSENTIAL OILS

Price: $3.86

Finally, someone selling essential oils who actually graduated from high school and who does not have a discount code in their Instagram bio. This 6-pack is perfect for heated or atomized aromatherapy diffusers.

SMART LED STRIP TO CREATE THE PERFECT AMBIANCE

Price: $15.99+

With 5 meters of LED light, this can instantly turn any room into a TikTok haven. Fully compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant, the lights can change color and be turned on or off with a simple voice command.

A PLUG THAT LETS YOU CONTROL ELECTRONICS REMOTELY

Price: $11.79

While it may seem like a simple light socket, this little guy is so much more. I have emailed Pixar about making a heartwarming movie about it several times -no reply 😢

The Smart Socket can be used with Alexa or Google Assistant to control energy use, set schedules, and so much more. All with simple voice commands.

KNEE PILLOW THAT ALIGNS AND SUPPORTS YOUR BODY

Price: $11.79

Perfect for those people who somehow wake up more sore and tired than they were when they went to bed.

Incredibly portable and comfy, the memory foam leg pillow rests easily between your legs or under your legs, allowing you to preserve your sleep.

NIGHT LIGHT THAT SURROUNDS YOU WITH THE MAGIC OF THE OCEAN

Price: $17.82

Have you always wanted to fall asleep while floating around in the ocean, but without all of the drowning and shark-related dangers associated with it? This is your chance.

The Ocean Wave Projector is fully remote controlled and guaranteed to help you drift off to sleep.

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AliExpress Top Brands: TECHNOLOGY

In a not-so-distant future, brands like Xiaomi and Huawei were considered low-quality Made In China products. As time passed, they were able to break stereotypes and gain trust and popularity.

AliExpress has a ton of stores and brands: some good, some – not so much. In this post we decided to compile a list of up and coming Chinese brands that are less-known, but which definitely deserve recognition. We picked them and their products based on the feedback from the buyers.

Best Tech Brands on AliExpress

XIAOMI MC STORE

Rating 98.1%

640,000+ followers

Xiaomi is probably the best-known brand in China, except for Huawei. The quality of products is as good as any other big-name mainstream brands, but the prices are much lower than what you'd see in retail.

In this store you can find a variety of Xiaomi products like earphones, smartphones, MiBand fitness trackers and accessories for them, and other various home accessories.

FLOVEME

Rating 97.9%

820,000+ followers

If you have gadgets that require charging, this is the store for you.

FLOVEME is mostly known for power banks, high-quality charging cables and high-capacity fast-charge blocks (for homes and cars).

BASEUS

Rating 98.6%

1,282,000+ followers

Go to BASEUS store for all things power: portable power banks, cables, QI charging docks and fastcharge blocks.

Good quality like FLOVEME, but different designs. Much better than going no-name.

ANKER

Rating 98.5%

923,000+ followers

Anker store sells everyday electronics, and they carry audio equipment and home projectors.

However, they are best-known for Bluetooth speakers, TWS earphones (Soundcore Liberty and Life P2 are their best-selling models) and QI wireless pads.

SAMSUNG

Samsung's AliExpress store specializes in memory cards and SSD‘s.

I have bought a number of high-speed SD cards for my 4K and 8K cameras, and a portable SSD.

QCY

Rating 97.6%

1,505,000+ followers

QCY at this time is, without a doubt, a leader in True Wireless (TWS) earphones.

You can see their best-selling models here. There is just too many to name – make your pick. I would recommend looking at QS1 and T5 because of their specs.

SJCAM

Rating 97.7%

107,000+ followers

If you are looking for a budget action camera and don't want to buy off-brand, SJCAM is your go-to store.

They have interlaced 4K cameras, some great waterproof ones that don't require a case (SJCAM SJ8 for example) and a full specter of accessories for them.

UGREEN

Rating 98.9%

1,116,000+ followers

UGREEN is another well-known manufacturer of cables.

They also started producing SSD cases, USB hubs (this type-C USB 3.0 is the best-selling model), and charging blocks.

TOPK

Rating 98.5%

547,000+ followers

TOPK has a variety of different gadgets, but their best products are their smartphone holders.

They also sell some interesting type-C charger cables with LED displays, which show the strength of the voltage, and other heavy-duty cables.

CHOETECH

Rating 98.8%

Established in 2012, CHOETECH is one of the leading brands in manufacturing charger cables and charger cables.

For us, the most interesting Choetech's item is their dual-charging QI pad. If you are into camping/hiking, their portable solar charger panel is also worth noting.

MIJIA/YEELIGHT

Rating 97.5%

9,500+ followers

MIJIA / Yee are also related to Xiaomi. Yee makes smart lights (I have one – review here) and smart home electronics, but they go much more beyond than that – there are too many products to list.

They all have one thing in common though: simplistic design and impeccable quality.

XIAOMI MI

Rating 98.5%

717,000+ followers

MI is definitely popular for smartphones, smart fitness bands and award-winning (Red Dot Award for design) earphones.

XIAOMI YI

Rating 97.8%

862,000+ followers

YI is another Xiaomi's subdivision. It makes action cameras (I have a YI 4K – video review), dash cameras and webcams. All are well-rated by the buyers.

BLUEDIO

Rating 97%

1,217,000+ followers

Bluedio is well-known for their high-quality audio products and solid warranty.

Their Bluetooth headphones, earphones and speakers are very worth the money. There is only a handful of models per category, which shows that you don't need to have a lot of options to be successful – just need a few current ones.

FIIO

Rating 98.8%

82,000+ followers

This is more of a niche product: FiiO makes audio accessories that help you get the most out of your music and music devices.

There are portable amps, lossless MP3 music players that make your music sound really good and $600 earphones (that people actually buy!).

ORICO

Rating 97.8%

1,065,000+ followers

ORICO has good card readers, USB 3.0 and 3.1 hubs and various electronics-related knick-knacks.

BLITZWOLF

Rating 98.1%

180,000+ followers

Blitzwolf makes a variety of different electronics. I have been using their power bank (video review) for 3 years now, I also trust them for charging cables – the braided ones I have have been nothing but great.

They recently started releasing TWS earphones, which I didn't have experience with – BW FYE7 and BW-FYE8 (different styles) have good sales and feedback.

VERNEE

Rating 98.5%

195,000+ followers

VERNEE is a budget-friendly smartphone brand. Their most recent models M8 PRO comes with a Helio P60 and dual cameras, and V2 PRO is IP68 water and dust proof and comes with a huge 6200 mAh battery.

UMIDIGI

Rating 95.4%

547,000+ followers

UMIDIGI is another budget smartphone brand that has been on fire lately. I am currently using their F1 model (video review) – it has been great: amazing battery life and a bone stock version of Android with no bloatware.

But if you are looking for a new phone, I highly recommend looking at the A7 Pro: WOW!

HUAWEI (authorized) STORE

Rating 99.4%

173,000+ followers

HUAWEI is a brand that needs no introduction. Not to mention, that their phone towers are used in many countries, and their P30 PRO has won “Smartphone Of The Year” twice (which is a steal at $430 – or you can go with the PRO or Lite versions).

Aside from smartphones, they have smart watches and other stuff, which does not seem to be too popular.

LONGET

244,000+ followers

Longet is one of the less-known smart watch brands, but it is getting there: the products are highly-rated and are still sold at a relatively low price point for their specs.

TRONSMART

Rating 97.7%

You will definitely hear more about Tronsmart: their marketing team is being very aggressive. It started as a speaker brand, and now is venturing into the TWS earphones.

The best-selling speaker models right now is T6, which is also available as T6 Mini and T6 Plus.

MIFA

Rating 97.9%

486,000+ followers

MIFA is known for their graffiti-design speaker and the rugged outdoor-oriented IPX6 speaker, but they have a few other models. Ultimately, your preference in design will help to decide between Mifa and, say, Bluedio.

We have a few more products with 9,999+ wishlist adds here. More are added every week!

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